Fires at Scrap Tyre (ELT) Land Fills an Environmental Nightmare
I’m personally totally against burning of tyres whether as an accidental consequence of maintaining tyre landfills or as tyre derived fuel. You should be too. Both are an absurd waste of a valuable resource if managed properly can actually improve global sustainability instead of damaging it.
Today with the right technology you can convert “End of Life Tires” (ELTs) into Devulcanized Rubber Compound in a pollution free, low energy, low cost, Zero Waste Process. Given that this DVR Compound can then be used to substitute a viable proportion of virgin rubber compound in the manufacture for a wide variety of applications from automotive components to truck and passenger car tyres, why on earth would you burn it as a charcoal substitute. Make sense to you?
Take some time looking at these tyre fires below, all over the world, one as recent as earlier this year in Europe. Whether its hidden pollution from a Tyre Derived Fuel operation or the outcome of fires from the long term maintenance of Tyre landfills as a disposal method, the damage to the environment is significant!
If this is not bad enough today’s accepted solution to the scrap tyre problem is for nearly 60% of End of Life Tyres to be Burnt as Tyre Derived Fuel (TDF) in cement kilns and similar plants as a Substitute for Charcoal!